Distributor pushes for Michael Moore movie to be removed from Torrents sites

Made as a labour of love and released for free to fans, Michael Moore’s latest flick, Slacker Uprising is coming under fire from its international distributor

Made as a labour of love and released for free to fans, Michael Moore’s latest flick, Slacker Uprising is coming under fire from its international distributor who wants the film removed from downloads sites to prevent users outside the US and Canada from accessing the film for free.

The move is in direct conflict to Moore’s intentions of making the movie as an inspirational tool for his fans: ” [The film] was done entirely as a gift to my fans and to inspire people to get off the couch and give voting a chance”.

Moore even went so far as to advise fans to to “email it, burn it and share it with anyone and everyone”.

Unfortunately the film’s international distributors are not too happy with this move… Released last month, Slacker Uprising is a re-edited version of Captain Mike Across America – Moore’s 2004 tour of college campuses in the lead up to the last presidential election. The film urges young Americans to get out and register to vote.

Moore initially released the film via the slackeruprising website for people to download but the film has since been shared online, causing the ire of the film’s international distributors who aimed to sell the doco.

It is speculated that Moore may have even released the film online. When asked by Torrent freak if this was the case, Moore responded that he only owned the US and Canadian rights to the film. But commented: .

“I’ll say it for the 100th time: if I buy a book and read it, and then give you the book to read, I have broken no laws. Why is that not true for all media?”

Source: The Age



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